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Yang Fudong, An Estranged Paradise, 1997–2002, video, 35-mm film transferred to DVD, black-and-white, sound, 76 minutes.

Yang Fudong

Fudong Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art

Yang Fudong, An Estranged Paradise, 1997–2002, video, 35-mm film transferred to DVD, black-and-white, sound, 76 minutes.

Yang Fudong is an auteur. His invention of a filmic culture for the Chinese art world—that special milieu in which the intelligentsia and the nouveau riche have met on and off since the early twentieth century—casts everyone who comes in contact with his project, from actors and collaborating artists to collectors and other viewers, in roles on the theatrical stage that defines his approach to the screen.

The most resonant works here took the viewer beyond the diegetic confines of Yang’s cinematic universe and captured the backstage of his productions, where a psychological study of image and character on and off set resides. With About the Unknown Girl—Ma Sise, 2013–14, Yang betrays an obsession with the muse both as a concept and in the flesh. Grasping the awkwardness of changing systems for both art and entertainment as the contemporary art world enters mainstream

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